Joining the families of blacks killed by police, thousands marched toward the capitol and down New York streets on Saturday to protest what they called an epidemic of abuse at the hands of police.
But even though it was his event, many attendees didn’t want to hear from organizer Al Sharpton.
As Sharpton geared up for his address, dozens of protesters drifted away from the rally, saying they didn’t want to hear from Sharpton.
David Saunders, 62, was one rally-goer who left as Sharpton began his comments. “I believe in the march. But I don’t want to hear him,” he said.
Another person leaving as Sharpton began speaking told The Washington Post, “We wanted to be here. This was wonderful. But we’re good.”
Protesters chanted violent slogans: “What do we want? Dead cops!”
— Lnonblonde (@Lnonblonde) December 13, 2014
Lieuteanants were "knocked to the ground, kicked by various people, kicked in the face and in the head," said John Miller, NYPD dep commish.
— Nicole Fuller (@nicolefuller) December 14, 2014
— New York City Alerts (@NYCityAlerts) December 14, 2014
Those who reject peaceful protest and provoke violence can expect immediate arrest and prosecution.
— Bill de Blasio (@BilldeBlasio) December 14, 2014